Man and beast engaged in a spectacular battle yesterday during the adrenaline-fuelled Ross Rodeo.
Bulls, broncos and cowboys thrilled the audience with strength, speed, and bravado during a packed program of bareback and saddle events, rope-and-tie runs, barrel races and steer wrestling.
It was the 52nd year the rodeo has been held at Ross, and Oatlands man Brian Fish has seen them all.
A life member of the Ross Rodeo Association, Mr Fish's relationship with the event began when he was a teenager.
The 66-year-old even saddled up this year for a tilt at the rope-and-tie event - his first for three years.
``It felt really good to be back up there,'' he said.
Penguin's Liam Beamish wasn't quite so chipper after the junior bull-riding event, taking a spectacular tumble while narrowly missing the bell.
``Yeah, had a bit of a spill,'' he said.
``If you're going to use a photo, can it be one when I'm still on the bull?''
Spectators at the Ross Rodeo also enjoyed woodchopping events, the sideshow alley and a display of old-time engines and machines.